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(567) 661-2275
Krista Kiessling, Director

Owens Civic Ambassadors
(567) 661-2293
College Hall Room 154

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(567) 661-2171
Christina Perry

The Office of Service Learning, Civic Engagement and Leadership

What Do We Do?

Service Learning:

  • Combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility.
  • Involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.
  • Positively impacts student learning outcomes, civic engagement and retention.

Source: (American Association of Community Colleges)

Our Goals:

  • To increase academic retention through involvement with community service.
  • To encourage student citizenship on campus and off campus.
  • To develop student leaders who can support, mentor and model success for first year Owens students.
  • To develop sustainable and mutually beneficial community partnerships with local agencies.
  • To support scholarship and increase opportunities for professional recognition and reward for students and faculty.
  • To extend campus resources into the community and reinforce the value of engagement.

Student Testimonials:

"Through service learning, I found out how to be a good citizen and how to build a strong community."

"In my service learning class, I was exposed to people and places that taught me about the real world. In the classroom I wouldn't have had that experience."

"This experience taught me that I have something to offer. I may not have money to give. But I have time and volunteering helps me learn."

"I learned I'm a good person."

"It was hard but I'm so grateful that service was part of my learning experience."

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